Radio Disney Group

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Radio Disney Group, LLC
Limited liability company
Industry Radio broadcasting
Founded July 30, 2003 (2003-07-30)
Founder ABC Radio Networks
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Area served
Nationwide
Parent Radio Disney
(ABC, Inc.)
Website www.radiodisney.com

Radio Disney Group, LLC[1] is a soon to be defunct Delaware limited liability company that owns and operates 14 radio stations in 12 states. Radio Disney Group is owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group[2][3] and the headquarters are located in New York City, New York.

History[edit]

The company was founded in July 30, 2003[1] by the ABC Radio Networks, a former subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

In the sale of the ABC Radio Networks to Citadel Broadcasting (in 2007), the Radio Disney Network and their owned-and-operated radio stations are not included[4] (among which, Radio Disney Group owned the majority of the owned-and-operated affiliates).

In 2010, Radio Disney Group was started to sell their stations located outside of the 25 largest radio markets. The majority of the stations have gone silent, while others changed their format or maintained their regular format. On August 17, 2014, It was announced that Radio Disney will be selling off all of their stations (the majority owned by Radio Disney Group) except KDIS (owned on or before September 26, 2014) to focus on the digital XM radio and livestream radio (such as on TuneIn).[5][6][7] While the stations were, originally, to sign off on September 26, the stations will remain on the air and continue carrying Radio Disney programming until they are sold.[8]

Stations[edit]

Current owned and operated stations[edit]

Callsign Frequency City of license Broadcast area Affiliation Sale Notes
KMIK1 1580 Tempe, Arizona Phoenix metropolitan area Radio Disney
KDDZ1 1690 Arvada, Colorado Denver metropolitan area Radio Disney
WMYM1 990 Miami, Florida Miami metropolitan area Radio Disney
WDYZ1 990 Orlando, Florida Greater Orlando Radio Disney Pending sale to Pennsylvania Media Associates, Inc. (subsidiary of Salem Communications) Filed on 12/15/2014.[9][10]
WWMI1 1380 St. Petersburg, Florida Tampa Bay Area Radio Disney
WSDZ1 1260 Belleville, Illinois Greater St. Louis Radio Disney
WRDZ-FM1 98.3 Plainfield, Indiana Indianapolis metropolitan area Radio Disney
WMKI1 1260 Boston, Massachusetts Greater Boston Radio Disney
WWJZ1 640 Mount Holly, New Jersey Delaware Valley Radio Disney
WGFY1 1480 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte metropolitan area Radio Disney
WWMK1 1260 Cleveland, Ohio Greater Cleveland Radio Disney Sold on 12/24/2014 to St. Peter The Rock Media.[11]
KDZR1 1640 Lake Oswego, Oregon Portland metropolitan area Radio Disney
KMIC1 1590 Houston, Texas Greater Houston Silent
KWDZ1 910 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Lake City metropolitan area Radio Disney For sale since 2013.[12]

Notes:

  • 1 Sale pending.

Former owned and operated stations[edit]

Callsign[13] Frequency City of license Broadcast area Comments
WQUA1 102.1 Citronelle, Alabama Mobile metropolitan area Sold in 2005;[14] non-commercial station owned by the Family Worship Center Church, Inc.
KDIS-FM1 99.5 Little Rock, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas Sold in 2013;[15][16] station owned by the Salem Communications.
KIID 1470 Sacramento, California Sacramento metropolitan area In 2007, the station was transferred to Radio Disney Sacramento, LLC, another subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company related to Radio Disney.
WDZK1 1550 Bloomfield, Connecticut Greater Hartford Sold in 2010; station owned by Blount Communications.
WBWL1 600 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville metropolitan area Sold in 2010;[17] station owned by the Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation.
WMNE1 1600 Riviera Beach, Florida Miami metropolitan area Sold in 2010; station owned by Travis Media.
KQAM1 1480 Wichita, Kansas Wichita metropolitan area Sold in 2009;[18] station owned by Steckline Communications.
WDRD1 2 680 Newburg, Kentucky Louisville metropolitan area Sold in 2010;[19] station owned by UB Louisville, LLC.
WBYU1 1450 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans metropolitan area Station was shut down in October 3, 2012.[20]
KPHN1 1190 Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City metropolitan area Sold in 2014,[21] station owned by the Catholic Radio Network.
KALY1 1240 Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque metropolitan area Sold in 2010;[22] station currently owned by KD Radio, Inc.
WDDY1 1460 Albany, New York Capital District Sold in 2013;[16] station owned by Pax et Bonum, Inc.
WFDF1 910 Farmington Hills, Michigan Metro Detroit, Flint and The Thumb Sold in 2014;[23] station owned by The Word Network.[24]
WFRO2 900 Fremont, Ohio Sandusky County, Ohio Station was shut down in June 23, 2004.[25]
KMUS1 1380 Sperry, Oklahoma Tulsa metropolitan area Sold in 2011;[26] spanish-language station owned by Radio Las Americas, LLC.
KKSL3 1290 Lake Oswego, Oregon Portland metropolitan area The license was cancelled on February 23, 2006.[27] Under the Disney ownership, the station was operated by Crawford Broadcasting under Local marketing agreement.[28][29]
WDDZ1 550 Pawtucket, Rhode Island Providence metropolitan area Sold in 2010;[30] station currently owned by Starboard Broadcasting.
WWCS1 540 Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh metropolitan area Station owned by Birach Broadcasting Corporation but operated by Radio Disney Group under Time brokerage agreement;[31] the agreement expired on December 31, 2010 and Disney flipped the Radio Disney affiliation to WEAE.[32][33]
KRDY1 1160 San Antonio, Texas Greater San Antonio Sold in 2013;[16] station owned by Salem Communications.
WHKT1 1650 Portsmouth, Virginia Hampton Roads Sold in 2010; station owned by the Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation.
WRJR3 1010 Portsmouth, Virginia Hampton Roads Sold in 2010; station owned by the Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation. Under the Disney ownership, Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting operated the station under Local marketing agreement.[34]
WDZY1 1290 Colonial Heights, Virginia Greater Richmond Region Sold in 2013;[35] station owned by the Richmond Christian Radio Corporation.
WKSH1 1640 Sussex, Wisconsin Milwaukee metropolitan area Sold in 2014;[36] station owned by Starboard Broadcasting.

Notes:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RADIO DISNEY GROUP, LLC Entity Information". Corporation and Business Entity Database. New York Department of State's Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ CHANGES IN INTERESTS - KIID application to assign broadcast station
  3. ^ "United States District Court - Cental District of California - West Division - Plaint". 
  4. ^ ABC RADIO TO MERGE WITH CITADEL BROADCASTING - Disney Corporate
  5. ^ Lafayette, Jon (August 13, 2014). "Exclusive: Radio Disney Moving Off Air to Digital". Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (August 13, 2014). "Radio Disney To Sell All But One Station". Radio Insight. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Radio Disney to Sell the Majority of Its Stations". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "NERW Extra: No Signoffs for Disney AMs". Northeast Radio Watch. Retrieved 27 September 2014.  (subscription required)
  9. ^ Parties to the Application - FCC
  10. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/91562/disney-sells-wwmk-cleveland/
  12. ^ Graser, Marc (June 4, 2013). "Radio Disney Stations Up for Sale (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Application for Consent to Assign Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License or to Transfer Control of Entity Holding Broadcast Station or License" (ABC, Inc. to Radio Disney Group, LLC) - FCC and the Assignment and Assumption Agreement 2003
  14. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License" (WQUA) - FCC
  15. ^ Faith Talk Launches In Little Rock - Radio Insight
  16. ^ a b c Radio Disney Sells Three - Radio Insight
  17. ^ Radio Disney & ESPN AM Cutbacks - Radio Insight
  18. ^ Steckline buys Disney Radio station - Wichita Business Journal
  19. ^ Radio Disney Sells WDRD-A/Louisville - All Acces Music Group
  20. ^ FCC status page for WBYU
  21. ^ Disney Sells KPHN Kansas City - Radio Insight
  22. ^ ESPN Back On In Louisville - All Acces Music Group
  23. ^ Radio Disney Sells WFDF/Detroit To The Word Network - All Access
  24. ^ WFDF Detroit Joins The Word Network - Radio Insight
  25. ^ FCC status page for WFRO
  26. ^ Radio Disney Sells Tulsa AM - All Acces Music Group
  27. ^ FCC status page for KKSL
  28. ^ ABC buys two Portland radio stations - Portland Business Journal
  29. ^ The Big Trip 2006, Part VII: East From Portland
  30. ^ Salem Buys Former Radio Disney Station In Providence;Three Station Deals In California - All Acces Music Group
  31. ^ WEAE Annual EEO - 2010
  32. ^ Pittsburgh ESPN 1250 changing format to Radio Disney - Pittsburgh Business Journal
  33. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 3, 2011). "New Year Dawns with Format Changes". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  34. ^ Hampton Roads - VARTV.com
  35. ^ Wilkins Acquires Two From Disney - Radio Insight
  36. ^ Starboard Media Foundation Acquires WKSH - Radio Insight

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